Evanston, Illinois, July 28, 2014 (PBBR) - The City Council of the City of Evanston voted tonight to ban plastic bags at large retail stores within the city. Evanston is a suburb of the City of Chicago and home to Northwestern University.
Set to take effect August 1, 2015, the ordinance will only affect Evanston stores larger than 10,000 square feet which is about 27 stores.
The "Plastic Shopping Bag Ordinance" is intended to discourage and decrease the use of disposable plastic shopping bags within the city. Only chain and franchise stores are affected, however, all retailers are subject to the ordinance, not just food stores.
Non-chain stores and restaurants are excluded from the law. Customers are allowed to bring their own reusable bags of any size and made of any type material.
The City Council had discussed the possibility of a plastic bag ban in April of 2011. However, no action was taken. Monday night's action was not a landslide either. The Plastic Shopping Bag Ordinance passed by a narrow margin of 5-4.
For the next year, the City will work with impacted stores to facilitate the implementation of the ordinance. A citywide education and outreach program will be conducted to increase the availability and usage of reusable bags. The outreach programs will also promote responsible waste reduction and recycling efforts.
Learn more at the City of Evanston website.
The List of Bans has been updated.
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